This wonderful five-bedroom Georgian townhouse sits right on Deal’s seafront, in the heart of the old town. Built in 1730, the house unfolds across four stories of beautifully executed living spaces, spanning some 3,036 sq ft. Unusually for the area, the house has a lovely large L-shaped garden, parts of which trap the sun all day. Close to the town centre, the house lies within the conservation area (the first designated in the whole of Kent) and is Grade II listed for its historical importance. Deal is a charming seaside town on the Kent Coast, with quick access to London and the rest of the UK.
Setting the Scene
Beach Street is perfectly positioned parallel to the stretch of the coastline in Deal. Located at the quieter end, it has exceptional sea views and direct access to the tranquil beach.
With a charming appearance from street level, the wonderfully symmetrical house has been finished with stucco on the ground floor and vernacular yellow brick from the first floor upwards. The façade is punctuated by a classical pediment that sits above the original Georgian door. For more information, please see the History section below.
The Grand Tour
The front door opens to an elegantly proportioned hallway, finished in ‘Flint and Linen Wash’ by Little Greene. Next door sits a large dining room, flooded with light from two classical sash windows; original cornicing and an impressive open fireplace from the early 19th century are offset by walls finished in Under the Eaves by Valspar. Original oak floorboards have been stripped, adding character to the room. Behind the dining room is a charming reading room, finished in a sunny and cheerful yellow, this is a cosy spot to curl up with a good book. The large rear hall is a striking space and has a staircase leading to the lower-ground floor and a useful guest WC with a shower.
At the rear of the plan is the good-sized kitchen. This exceptionally bright space is lit by dual-aspect windows overlooking the garden and two large skylights. The carefully considered room has been finished in ‘Oxford Stone’ by Farrow and Ball, complemented by blue painted cabinetry and a useful island with Corian worktops. With a layout perfect for entertaining, the kitchen has a large island and separate space for dining; there is also a pantry and an external utility room.
Ascending to the first floor, an expansive drawing room with sweeping views of the sea dominates the front of the plan. Finished in Linen Wash by Little Greene, the calming space has stripped wooden flooring, and light pours in through two large sash windows. A late 19th-century marble fireplace sits in the corner of the room adding character, and a wonderful etched window casts light into the adjacent corridor. A rear-facing bedroom is finished in the moody yet restful ‘Livid’ by Little Greene. Next door is a large family bathroom, finished in bead and butt panelling painted in ‘Dimpse’ and ‘Stiffkey Blue’ both by Farrow and Ball, a nod to it’s coastal position. Both of these rooms have lovely views overlooking the quiet garden.
A flight of stairs leads to the top floor of the house, with the lovely primary bedroom and another large bedroom adjacent. On a clear morning, the sunrise bathes the rooms in light and both have spectacular views over the beach. A secondary staircase leads from the first floor to a standalone bedroom, which feels secluded due to the fact it is tucked at the top of the house. The room cleverly utlises the eaves for storage.
The lower-ground floor is home to a further large guest bedroom. Sitting in what was originally the kitchen, it has a beautiful early Victorian stove and is lit by a garden-facing window. Adjacent is a large games room; both spaces have multiple built-in storage units.
The Great Outdoors
A door from the kitchen diner leads to the large rear garden, where you can hear the waves crashing against the shore. A calming spot, the pretty terraced patio is perfect for alfresco dining and entertaining, while a lawn is bordered by fragrant honeysuckle, clematis, japonica, climbing flowers and roses to name a few. A useful potting shed sits next to a wood store, and the garden is enclosed by the walls of neighbouring houses, creating privacy.
Out and About
Beach Street sits directly on the waterfront, within walking distance from the town’s high street. Deal Beach and the famed Deal Pier, the last fully intact leisure pier remaining in Kent, are on the doorstep and popular with the local community. The Rose Hotel is known for its excellent bar and restaurant, as is the Frog and Scot. Real Deal Roasters is a renowned coffee supplier and shop; Arno and Co are the preferred grocers, and Merchant of Relish is the favoured deli. The Black Pig butchers and Jenkins and Sons fishmongers are also both noteworthy. There is also a fantastic Saturday farmers’ market selling local produce.
The High Street has many other independent antique, clothes, and homewares stores. Of particular note, and just a short walk away, is the ever-popular lifestyle and homewares emporium Green and Found. Built in the early 1800s within the Captain’s Gardens at Deal Castle, it provides creative spaces for local craftspeople to work and offers workshops, talks, and events. Other local attractions include the famed Deal Castle, nearby Walmer Castle, and slightly further afield, Sandwich Bay and St Margaret’s Bay.
Sandwich, Dover and Canterbury are easily accessed by car via the A2 and A258. High-speed trains run from Deal to London St Pancras with a total journey time of 84 minutes, with alternative direct trains to London Charing Cross and London Bridge. Access to the continent is also excellent via the Port of Dover, the Channel Tunnel at Folkestone and Eurostar from Ashford International.
Council Tax Band: F
First mentioned in the Domesday Book in 1086, by the end of the 13th century, Deal had become a ‘limb port’ of the larger Cinque Ports nearby. At one time, it was the busiest port in England. Not only does it have a rich maritime history, but it is also historically a critical garrison town with noted mining, fishing, and perhaps less salubriously, rich smuggling heritage.
After its role as a resort town declined in the late 20th century, Deal has experienced a great renaissance as something of an artistic haven in recent years. The beautiful historic architecture has attracted a creative community and, with it, excellent independent provisors that centre around the High Street.
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